Happy Thanksgiving from Pretty Opinionated!


In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m actually taking the day off to spend with my family. Shocking, right? I’m even going to take off part of tomorrow to go shopping! I’m writing this ahead of time, don’t worry. I want to take a few minutes to share what I’m thankful for this year. #1 This Kid (Even if he won’t let me cut his hair!)   #2 My family. I am especially grateful that my aunt is beating the crap out of brain cancer. I don’t talk about it a lot because it’s not my story to share, but good thoughts for […] Read more »

Don’t Let Turkeypocalypse Stop Your Family Fun on Thanksgiving

Saying things get messy during the holidays is an understatement. I bet it’s the same way in your house too. I think it’s like that in houses all across America on Thanksgiving. We’re all facing our own Turkeypocalypse.

It happens to all of us! That moment when we realize that every casserole and side dish, every serving spoon and gravy boat led to one disastrous moment: a complete and utter invasion of dirty dishes. Oh, and let’s not forget the other messes! Saying things get messy is an understatement. I bet it’s the same way in your house too. I think it’s like that in houses all across America on Thanksgiving. We’re all facing our own Turkeypocalypse. Read more »

Create a DAV Thank a Vet Video in Minutes for a Touching Tribute that Lasts a Lifetime #ThankAVet

Thank a Vet Daddy

Veterans Day is just around the corner on November 11th. While we should appreciate our nation's vets every day, I feel it's important to really show them how much they mean on this special day. They've more than earned it. Veterans Day is meaningful to me because I come from a huge military family. My grandfather served in the US Navy a the tail end of WWII. My grandmother's younger brother served in Korea. My aunt's husband (who to me is simply my uncle, and one of the best ever at that!) was a sailor for 20 years before retiring about a decade ago. Their three sons all served. Read more »

Don’t Let Thanksgiving Get Lost In the Holiday Shuffle

Don't let Thanksgiving get lost in the shuffle. Check out these meaningful ways the celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Have you ever walked in the store in October and seen the holiday aisle filled with Christmas decorations? Halloween hasn’t even arrived yet but somehow stores are advertising sales on Christmas trees and decorations. Sometimes it certainly seems like time is moving that fast, but one holiday in particular that seems to be overlooked is Thanksgiving. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself forgetting to prepare for this special holiday. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to thank those who have made a positive impact in your lives over the years. It is a time to get together […] Read more »

Got 10 Minutes? Here’s 10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity! #GSNCasino

Got 10 minutes? Check out 10 fun & easy ways to boost your creativity without ever leaving your house!

This post was made possible by iConnect: Influencer Management and GSN Games. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are 100% mine. As a single mom supporting an entire household on my own, my work is super important to me. I spent years building my business, putting in long hours on little sleep. Some days, I literally wrote for 18 hours straight just to make the rent. Now that things are going well, I don’t have to work quite so many hours, but I still put in long days during the busiest seasons (like now!). I have a hard […] Read more »

6 Ways to Be More Productive During the Holiday Season #WorkBetterWithFellowes

Six Ways to Increase Your Productivity During the Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fellowes Brands for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The holidays are absolutely insane for me. Aside from running my own site full-time and managing three other sites, I am a total holiday fanatic. So I bake (yes, that’s right, I bake!), decorate the house within an inch of its life and shop until everyone around me drops. Then I wonder why I’m so exhausted! I can’t give up working and I won’t give up the things I love about the season. I also haven’t figured out how to […] Read more »

Odd & Even Oddly Inspirational Quotes from Scary Stories

Bradbury Halloween Quote

I wanted to do a bunch of Halloween quotes in honor of my favorite holiday, but as I searched around for a few good ones, I realized that it’s been done to death. Instead, I decided to pull a few of my favorite quotes from some of the best scary, creepy, eerie or just plain disturbing books instead. It’s still the same basic concept, except a little more inspired (and in some cases, inspiring) than “hey, here are some great Halloween quotes like “trick or treat, smell my feet!” This is also great for Banned Books Week, as several of these books and/or […] Read more »

Random Photo Friday: Pretty Opinionated Cats

Random Photo Pru

Today is “Random Photo Friday” also known as “Nikki has a killer earache and didn’t get anything written for today, so she’s tossing up a few pictures in hopes that you’ll think it was some sort of cleverly planned meme.” Since the internet loves cats (as do I), I’m sharing a few pictures of my kits being their silly selves. Prue, sitting oh so dainty, but with a totally creepy grin on her face. She is obviously plotting to overthrow the world’s governments. Right now, Prue is standing next to me and nudging my hand every two seconds. It’s not […] Read more »

Roll Into Fall With Great Offers from Coopers Tires

Cooper Tire Deer

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tire for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. While summer was a time of road trips and leisurely vacations, fall means back to school and back to business for you and your car. I use my car more between September and December than I do any other time of the year. Between all the back to school shopping and re-shopping (for all the stuff I forget), the holidays and planning for said holidays, me and my car spend a lot of time together. Then, of course, there’s stocking up for […] Read more »

Free Printable Halloween Invitations for Your Super Spooktacular Parties (with a How-To)

free printable halloween party invitations

If you’re planning a Halloween party, you’ll need a way to let people know they’re invited, right? Now, you could go the new-fashioned route and just e-vite everyone, but where’s the fun in that? Sometimes a good old-fashion invite through the mail is just more fun. These days, all we get in the mail is bills and junk, anyway, right? Wouldn’t it be nice to send something people actually WANT to receive? Free Printable  Halloween Invitations Making your own free printable Halloween invitations is actually really easy. I made these three for you in PicMonkey. I’m not exactly a graphic […] Read more »